August 28, 2012
Men's Soccer Falls At East Tennessee State 3-1
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – For the second straight game the UNCG men's soccer team scored the game's first goal, but the Spartans allowed three unanswered goals, dropping a 3-1 decision to East Tennessee State Tuesday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium. The loss is the first of the season for the Spartans who fall to 0-1-1 on the year.
"We played well in the first 20 minutes of the game, scoring a great goal by Dustin (Gamradt) and having a few chances to extend our lead," head coach Justin Maullin
said. "After the first 20 minutes, we allowed three goals on four shots. We knew ETSU would be dynamic and dangerous up top, and they made us pay for a couple mistakes on the back end. We need to figure out how to defend on the road quickly, as this is the second game we didn't execute defensively."
UNCG opened the scoring in the 22nd minute of action as redshirt freshman Dustin Gamradt (Kiel, Germany/Hebbelschule) scored his first career regular season goal. East Tennessee State tried to clear the ball out of the 18-yard box but Gamradt intercepted the ball 20-yards out and volleyed a shot from his waist into the upper corner of the goal past the helpless ETSU goalkeeper for the early 1-0 lead.
East Tennessee State came right back and scored two goals in a span of 3:56 to take a 2-1 lead in the 31st
minute. Forward David Geno scored both goals for the Buccaneers as he found open space both times inside the box and made the Spartans pay scoring past fifth-year senior goalkeeper Peyton Ford
(Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford).
The Spartans controlled play for a majority of the first half, holding a 10-4 edge in shots. ETSU goalkeeper Ryan Coulter kept the Buccaneers in the lead though as he posted six saves in the opening frame.
East Tennessee State extended its lead to 3-1 with a goal in the 58th minute of play. Once again the Buccaneers sent the ball into the box where it was flicked on to a second forward, this time Nate Hodges, who deposited it into the back of the net for the two-goal lead.
Coulter finished the night with seven saves to lead ETSU to the victory while Ford posted two saves in his first loss of the season.
UNCG continues its season-opening four-game road swing Sunday afternoon as it travels to UNC Asheville. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m.
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